Delays His Coming
But this I do say,
brothers. The appointed time has grown very short. 1 Cor. 7:29, Goodspeed.
The angels of God in their messages to men represent time as very
short. Thus it has always been presented to me. It is true that time
has continued longer than we expected in the early days of this message.
Our Savior did not appear as soon as we hoped. But has the word of
the Lord failed? Never! It should be remembered that the promises
and threatenings of God are alike conditional.
God had committed to His
people a work to be accomplished on earth. The third angel's message
was to be given, the minds of believers were to be directed to the
heavenly sanctuary, where Christ had entered to make atonement for
His people. The Sabbath reform was to be carried forward. The breach
in the law of God must be made up. The message must be proclaimed
with a loud voice, that all the inhabitants of earth might receive
the warning. The people of God must purify their souls through obedience
to the truth, and be prepared to stand without fault before Him at
Had Adventists, after the
great disappointment in 1844, held fast their faith, and followed
on unitedly in the opening providence of God, receiving the message
of the third angel and in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming
it to the world, . . .the Lord would have wrought mightily with their
efforts, the work would have been completed, and Christ would have
come ere this to receive His people to their reward.
But in the period of doubt
and uncertainty that followed the disappointment, many of the advent
believers yielded their faith. . . . Thus the work was hindered, and
the world was left in darkness. . . .
For forty years did unbelief,
murmuring, and rebellion shut out ancient Israel from the land of
Canaan. The same sins have delayed the entrance of modern Israel into
the heavenly Canaan. In neither case were the promises of God at fault.
It is the unbelief, the worldliness, unconsecration, and strife among
the Lord's professed people that have kept us in this world of sin
and sorrow so many years.
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